Definition: This entry gives the percent of children under five considered to be underweight. Underweight means weight-for-age is approximately 2 kg below for standard at age one, 3 kg below standard for ages two and three, and 4 kg below standard for ages four and five. This statistic is an indicator of the nutritional status of a community. Children who suffer from growth retardation as a result of poor diets and/or recurrent infections tend to have a greater risk of suffering illness and death.
Source: CIA World Factbook - Unless otherwise noted, information in this page is accurate as of January 1, 2012See also: Children under the age of 5 years underweight map
5 Inspirational Health Trends That Are Happening Around The World
The Business Insider - 5/21/2014 4:44:57 PM
World Health Statistics 2014Years gained in life expectancy 1990–2012 2. Fewer children are dying In 1990, about 35,000 children under the age of five were dying every day. Over the last twenty years, childhood mortality has almost been cut in half.
As Indian Growth Soars, Child Hunger Persists
New York Times - 3/11/2009 11:56:31 PM
In India ... in recent years, including Maharashtra and Gujarat. Here in the capital, which has the highest per-capita income in the country, 42.2 percent of children under 5 are stunted, or too short for their age, and 26 percent are underweight.
Malnutrition causes 45 per cent of deaths of under-five children: Report
The Hindu - 6/6/2013 5:40:56 PM
Malnutrition is responsible for nearly 45 per cent of deaths in children under-five, according to ... and 100 million children were underweight. Over 90 per cent of these were in Asia or Africa, with Africa the only major world region where the number ...
The amazing decline of global hunger, in one chart
Vox - 10/13/2014 3:04:34 PM
The index tracks "the percentage of the population that is undernourished, the percentage of children younger than five years of age who are underweight ... in the developing world. The Index goes from zero, which indicates a country with no undernutrition ...
India's hunger 'shame': 3,000 children die every day, despite economic growth
NBCNews World - 2/16/2012 6:48:33 AM
Almost as shocking as India's high prevalence of child malnutrition is the country's failure ... said 42 percent of children under five are underweight - almost double that of sub-Saharan Africa - compared to 43 percent five years ago.
India's child malnutrition puzzle
The Economic Times - 4/29/2011 4:36:26 AM
One of the least talked about issues in the debate on India's demographic dividend is child malnutrition. India is home to about a third of the world's underweight and stunted children under the age of 5. A child under 5 is almost twice as likely to be ...
Malnutrition kills over 3 million children annually
Middle East Online - 6/12/2014 3:28:45 PM
ROME - More than three million children under the age of five ... year," the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) said. Some 162 million children are left stunted by chronic malnutrition and 99 million children are underweight across the world, it ...
WHO issues guidance on emerging double threat of childhood obesity and undernutrition in low- and middle-income countries
WHO - 6/4/2013 11:55:32 PM
“While it is vital to maintain efforts to reduce undernutrition, the world needs to do much more to ... Worldwide, more than 100 million children under five years of age are underweight; 165 million are stunted i.e. have a low height for their age ...
Lingering problem found in gut microbe communities of malnourished children
Washington University in Stlouis - 6/4/2014 4:49:49 PM
Severe acute malnutrition affects about 20 million children worldwide, according to the World Health Organization ... in a developing country like Bangladesh, where more than half a million children under 5 years of age suffer from severe acute ...
New survey shows rates of child malnutrition are decreasing in Haiti
UNICEF - 6/18/2012 7:03:08 PM
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, 18 June 2012 – In March, slightly more than two years after Haiti’s devastating 2010 earthquake, UNICEF and the World Food Programme ... nutritional status of children under age 5 and mortality rate of the population.
AFGHANISTAN: Fifth least developed country in the world
IRIN - 11/17/2007 11:53:06 PM
In Afghanistan’s first-ever human development report, which was released in 2004, the country was ranked 173rd and was widely expected to improve its human development indicators. Afghans live almost nine years ... children under five are underweight ...
Bloomberg’s Obesity Claim
Fact Check - 3/29/2013 5:44:02 PM
He would be correct to say that this shift has occurred sometime in about the last 20 years. Obesity has become more of an issue around the world at the same time that progress has been made in fighting childhood underweight ... kids under the age of 5 ...
Orphaned and homeless: Surviving the streets of North Korea
CNN - 5/14/2013 12:10:18 PM
Gwak Jong-Moon knows the pain orphans suffer. He's the principal of Hangyeore Middle-High School, a South Korean transitional facility open only to North Korean children and teenagers. About 50 North Koreans under the age of 24 enter South Korea every year ...
Text Messages Curb the Lasting Effects of Malnutrition in Malawi
Mashable - 1/30/2014 2:28:45 AM
Each text message is formatted ... Nationwide, 17% of children under five are underweight, and 47% are stunted, which means they're severely shorter than their age group. Malawi's staggering figures for stunted growth — among the world's worst ...
Save the Children - 11/22/2014 5:05:57 AM
The world's youngest country, South Sudan gained indepence nearly three ... before the latest influx of refugees – found in young children under the age of five: Over one in four children are underweight Nearly one in three children are stunted (short ...